Trip to ‘team of the moment’ Leicester comes too soon for City captain Hanley
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Centre-back Grant Hanley is back in full training for Norwich City but is not in contention to feature during Saturday’s game at in-form Leicester.
Canaries head coach Daniel Farke revealed that Scotland international Hanley, who has been out since August with groin and hernia injuries, should be available again soon though.
After the game at second placed Leicester, City host Wolves the following Saturday, ahead of a Boxing Day trip to Aston Villa and Carrow Road games against Tottenham (December 28) and Crystal Palace (January 1).
"Everyone is available who was available for the last game," said Farke at his pre-match press conference. "Also some good news with Grant Hanley, he started to join us in team training on Wednesday, so two days.
"Sadly this game comes too early because he was out for such a long time but it's good to have him back in the dressing room and back on the training pitch.
"It's also good to know that every works quite well further on then it will be good to have him for the festive period, for many games."
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The Canaries have Ben Godfrey and Christoph Zimmermann fit as centre-back options for the trip to Leicester but cover is chiefly provided by defensive midfielder Ibrahim Amadou, with Timm Klose set to miss most of the season with a knee ligament injury.
The Foxes have won their last eight matches and are flying high in the Premier League, whereas Norwich are 19th and just two points ahead of rock-bottom Watford following two successive defeats.
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"In general we know that we need an outstanding performance at Leicester," Farke continued. "They without an doubt are the team of the moment, with several wins in a row.
"It's a tough game for us without any doubt, at Leicester, but to be honest we showed in each and every game this season that we are competitive on each and every level.
"If I judge in general, after the last international break, our last four games, we started with a win at Goodison Park, a draw at Arsenal and then a 2-1 loss at Southampton and also a 2-1 loss in the home game against Sheffield United.
"So when you judge the performances, I think over the last four games there were perhaps two poor halves - the first half at Southampton and secondly, sadly, the second half against Sheffield United.
"And also when you judge these games, we could have lost all four, without any doubt. We could also have lost at Everton, although we deserved to win this game, we were there with a good performance, but it was also a close game.
"We could also have lost against Arsenal, we could have lost all four games - but it was also definitely possible to win all four games.
"Arsenal the last 30 minutes was more like a power-play, we more or less played them off of the park. It was definitely possible to win the last game against Sheffield United if we had added a second half like it was in the first half.
"It is always up to us that we are competitive in each and every moment, and also like we are capable to win each and every game, we have proved this.
"We have also found it a bit easier to get some results against the top class teams so far, instead of the teams who are just concentrated on defending and sitting deep, like Watford for example, or against Sheffield or Southampton.
"Especially against the top class sides we have had some really good performances and some good results, so we are there with a chance in each and every game.
"We know that we need to be at our best at Leicester, we are aware and respectful but we are not scared.
"For that, we try to be good in our topics and then we definitely have a chance."